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Management Practices for the Release of Information

Author: Bock, Linda J.; Demster, Barbara; Dinh, Angela K.; Gorton, Elisa R.; Lantis, James R. Jr.

Source: AHIMA practice brief | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2008


Exchange of health information is an essential function to the provision of high-quality and cost-effective healthcare. The information should be complete and timely for its intended purpose. While this sounds straightforward, often it is not an easy task in the complex medical and legal envir....

Managing a Data Dictionary (2016 update) - Retired

Author: Davoudi, Sion; Flanigan, Jill; Houser, Shannon H.; Kadlec, Lesley; Kirby, Annessa; VanSlyke, Daniel; Wendicke, Annemarie

Source: AHIMA practice brief

Publication Date: December 2016


This update supplants the 2012 practice brief “Managing a Data Dictionary.”


As healthcare organizations move to the electronic environment, the large volume and complexity of data collected is growing at unprecedented rates. While access to data has the potential to en....

Managing the Integrity of Patient Identity in Health Information Exchange (2014 update)

Author: AHIMA Work Group

Source: AHIMA practice brief | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2014

This Practice Brief explores the complexity of patient identification integrity, including how organizations can manage patient identification systems from front end data capture to back end quality control as an ongoing process and carry local quality operations into health information exchange efforts. It urges industry stakeholders to recognize that now is a critical time to address accuracy in patient identification systems.

Measuring the Value of the Clinical Documentation Improvement Practitioner (CDIP) Credential - Retired

Author: Burgess, Sheila; Cooper, Sharon; Endicott, Melanie; Wallace, Susan; Wiedemann, Lou Ann

Source: AHIMA practice brief | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2015


This Practice Brief has been updated. See the latest version here. This version is made available for historical purposes only.

The role of the clinical documentation improvement (CDI) professional is ever-changing. When CDI programs first began in the late 1990s, the focus was almost....

Migrating from Paper to EHRs in Physician Practices. Appendix A: Historical Medical Record/Chart Abstraction Checklist—Primary Care

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA practice brief attachment

Publication Date: November 2010


This checklist can help physician practices migrate all the appropriate data from an individual patient paper record into the EHR. Each record or data element should be expanded upon with descriptions based on the practice’s definitions, the location of the information in the paper chart,....

Migrating from Paper to EHRs in Physician Practices - Retired

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA practice brief

Publication Date: November 2010


A successful transition from paper-based charts to electronic health records (EHRs) in the physician practice or clinic requires careful coordination of many moving parts. A myriad of challenging and complex decisions must be made, ranging from selection and implementation to training and maint....

Navigating a Compliant Breach Management Process

Author: Downing, Katherine

Source: AHIMA practice brief | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2014

The purpose of AHIMA’s new Breach Management Toolkit is to provide a comprehensive collection of resources and best practices to help healthcare organizations and health information management (HIM) professionals navigate their way through the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Breach Notification Rule and the overall breach management process. The toolkit is intended to raise awareness of the importance and responsibility of everyone within the organization to report HIPAA breaches to the appropriate designated personnel, as well as provide breach prevention education and training.

Performing a Breach Risk Assessment - Retired

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA practice brief | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2013


On August 24, 2009, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published 45 CFR Parts 160 and 164 Breach Notification for Unsecured Protected Health Information; Interim Final Rule to implement the breach notification provisions of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Cl....

Practice Brief: Ensuring the Integrity of the EHR

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA practice brief

Publication Date: January 2019


Editor’s Note: This Practice Brief supersedes the August 2013 “Integrity of the Healthcare Record: Best Practices for EHR Documentation” and the May 2015 “Assessing and Improving EHR Data Quality” Practice Briefs.





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Privacy and Security Audits of Electronic Health Information (2014 update)

Author: Walsh, Tom; Miaoulis, William M

Source: AHIMA practice brief | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2014

In a perfect world, access controls alone would ensure the privacy and security of electronic protected health information (ePHI). However, the complexities of today’s healthcare environment make it extremely challenging to limit access to the minimum information necessary that members of the workforce require in order to perform their jobs.

Problem List Guidance in the EHR

Author: AHIMA Work Group

Source: AHIMA practice brief | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2011


Problem lists facilitate continuity of patient care by providing a comprehensive and accessible list of patient problems in one place. Problem lists used within health records are a list of illnesses, injuries, and other factors that affect the health of an individual patient, usually identifyi....

Protecting Patient Information after a Facility Closure. Appendix D: Health Information Management Checklist for Acquisitions and Closures (2011 update)

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA practice brief attachment

Publication Date: August 2011


This document is intended to be used as a guide and is not intended to be all-inclusive. It should be adapted to the setting or organization type.

Purpose: To ensure appropriate health information management tasks are processed during the acquisition, closure, or dissolution of an org....

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